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Quarter Horse Program

Quarter Horse Program

The Ontario Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program (QHRIDP) was built on the framework outlined in the Quarter Horse Industry Development Plan. The Plan is a multi-year strategy to build a strong sustainable Quarter Horse racing and breeding industry in Ontario. The incentives and program elements have been developed (and are continuing to be developed) as part of the Ontario Quarter Horse Development Program and are targeted to meet the identified goals and objectives of the Plan – Breeding, Racing and Industry Development.

There are three key components to QHRIDP:

  1. Breeding Program
  2. Racing Program
  3. Industry Development


Upcoming Deadlines (October 8, 2019)

AGCO Licenses 


Detailed information and the rules surrounding the various program components are provided in the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program Criteria Book which is published annually. It is the responsibility of all participants to make themselves aware of the eligibility requirements and the various opportunities under the Program.

2019 QHRIDP Program Criteria Book

2019-20 QHRIDP Program Proposed Budget


All participants wishing to enroll mares, stallions or racehorses in the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program must hold a current Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) license. Contact the AGCO 416-326-0863 or 1-800-522-2876 or by email at [email protected] or online at 

Program Registry

Any person who wants to enter a horse or receive benefits from the Program (e.g. owners, breeders) must enroll annually in the Program Registry.

To receive benefits from the Program, a horse must be enrolled in the Program Registry.  This applies to any horse that will be racing in the current year or has the potential to race in the future.  Once a racehorse has been recorded with the Program, renewal is not required on an annual basis. Broodmares and Stallions however, must be accredited annually (see “Ontario Stallion Accreditation” and “Ontario Broodmare Accreditation”).

How to Enroll (Information Sheet)
Application to Record an Owner, Lessee or Group
Change of Contact Information Form

Submission of Forms

Forms should be submitted with all required payments to:

Ontario Racing
Quarter Horse Program
Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park
PO Box 160 Campbellville, ON
L0P 1B0

Key Dates

Stallion Accreditation January 15
Stallion Breeding Reports due November 30
Ontario Broodmare Resident in Ontario 270 days surrounding Date-of-Foaling
Ontario Broodmare Accreditation Prior to Date-of-Foaling



Ontario Stallion Accreditation

Stallions must be accredited every year for their progeny to receive benefit for being Ontario Sired and for the stallion owner to receive benefit from Stallion Awards.

2019 Application to Accredit An Ontario Stallion

The list of Ontario Accredited Stallions will be updated periodically with the additions of new stallions. Please note that the Program makes no assurances that the stallions enrolled in the Program are DNA Typed for the purposes of Parentage Verification.

List of Accredited Stallions, as of September 25, 2019

Ontario Broodmare Accreditation

Broodmares must be accredited every year for their progeny to receive benefit for being Ontario Bred and for the mare owner to receive benefit from Breeders’ Awards.

2019 Application to Accredit a Broodmare
Broodmare Report, as of August 6, 2019


In 2019, a Mare Breeding Incentive Program is offered to encourage the breeding of racing Quarter Horses in Ontario and increase the future racing population.  Full details will be available in the 2019 Criteria Book.

To be eligible:

* Mare must have been enrolled previously in the QHRIDP or raced at Ajax Downs in 2018 or 2017
* Owner must be enrolled in the Program
* An Application must be made
* Mare must be enrolled in the Program at time of Application for Incentive
* A veterinarian's certificate must be provided showing mare is in foal 60 days or more post breeding

The incentive will be paid to the owner of the mare at time of breeding. That person or entity must be enrolled in the Program. If the mare's ownership changes, it is the responsibility of the owner at time of breeding to make an application, and provide proof of the mare being in foal 60 days or more post breeding. Applications are due no later than 15 days after the last day of racing. Applications will be approved at the discretion of the Program Administrator.  

Mare Breeding Incentive Application

Enhanced Breeders Awards

The QHRIDP will receive an additional $6,000,000 from the Ontario government over the five-year period 2014-2018; $2 million in 2014 and $1 million in each of 2015-2018.

2018 Quarter Horse Stallion Awards
2018 Quarter Horse Breeders' Award Recipients


Stakes Program

The Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario, Inc. (QROOI)’s Stakes Program Guide is available to view and download at under the "Stakes Program" menu.

2019 Ontario Sires Stakes Quarter Horse Schedule 

QROOI 2019 Stakes Program Guide

Recognized Ontario Foaled, Ontario Bred, and Ontario Sired Horses

Racehorses, or those with potential to race in the future, are recorded in the Program Registry as Ontario Foaled, Ontario Bred, Ontario Sired or any combination. The record for that horse indicates its status which remains with the horse for life and no further application is necessary for racing purposes. 

Application to Record a Horse or Foal

The Program Registry recognizes the following horses as Ontario Bred, Ontario Foaled and/or Ontario Sired for the purposes of competing in races with these conditions, or for benefiting from programs under the Ontario Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program.

List of Accredited Horses, as of September 4, 2019

This report now includes only active racehorses. For a full report, please contact the Ontario Racing office.

Ontario Quarter Horse Breeders and Trainers

A listing of local Quarter Horse breeders and trainers has been published to improve access to services and horses in Ontario’s Quarter Horse racing and breeding industry.  Any Quarter Horse breeder or trainer can be included on this list by filling out the Authorization form below and forwarding it to the Program Administrator.

Breeders and Trainers in the Quarter Horse Racing Industry (Updated January 25, 2018)
Participant Authorization Form

Third-Start Bonus

A bonus of $1,000 will be paid to the trainer of record following the third start for a Quarter Horse racing at Ajax Downs in 2019 that has never made a start in Ontario.

Trainers must submit a 2019 Third-Start Bonus Application form for each eligible horse to the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. (QROOI) along with documented proof of the horse’s three starts.

Should a horse be scratched prior to or not finish a race, that race will not count towards bonus eligibility for that horse.

The payment per trainer will be capped at $10,000. The Third Start Bonus will be paid out twice, with applications due to QROOI August 15, and seven days after the last day of racing.

Third-Start Bonus Application Form


Post Racing Incentive Program

The Post Racing Incentive Program provides added value for horses who have raced in Ontario at Ajax Downs or Fort Erie Race Track, by creating an incentive for people to buy racehorses at the end of their racing career and re-train them for use in horse sport.  Horses registered in the program and competing in events held by Partner Associations at selected venues are eligible for a points-based share of a $20,000 Post Racing Bonus.

Post Racing Bonus Application Form
Post Racing Bonus Supplementary Participation History
2019 Post Racing Bonus Brochure
2018 Post Racing Bonus Payout

Post Racing Bonus Program - Event Sponsors

Ontario Barrel Racing Association
Contact: Jessica Richards

National Barrel Horse Association Canada
Contact: Caitlyn Johnston
[email protected]

Midwestern Horseman's Society
Contact: Shelley Thomson
[email protected]

North River Riders Club
Contact: Crista Farrington
[email protected]om

Ontario Quarter Horse Association
Contact: Sherill Tisdale [email protected]
Contact: Suzanne Pickard [email protected]

Trillium Hunter Jumper Association
Contact: Martha Worts
[email protected]
Ontario Xtreme Cowboy
Contact: Susan Caldwell
[email protected]

Windsor Essex - CADORA
Contact: Mayr McCarthy
[email protected]

Turn N Burn
Contact: Tracey Steeves
[email protected]